Camping Skills

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Camping Skills

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Online Resource: Online Resource - Outdoor Adventure Skills - Camping Skills - Competencies

See the rest of the Outdoor Adventure Skills.

The Outdoor Adventure Skills program is an invitation for Scouts to try something new—to be outside more, testing themselves with progressive challenges while always staying within their capabilities to stay safe. In short, it’s about having life-changing experiences.

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Each Outdoor Adventure Skills pathway is divided into nine stages with a badge awarded for each stage.

Scouts from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts are encouraged to work on the stage that is appropriate for their abilities and experience.

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Contents

Camping Skills - Stage 1 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can collect small sticks for a campfire.
  2. I can follow directions while at camp.
  3. I can help pack a bag for camp.
  4. I can keep my camping gear neat and tidy.
  5. I can care for my basic personal gear on an overnight camp.
  6. I can explain the use of the buddy system at camp.
  7. I can describe the different emergency services in the camp area and how to call them.
  8. I can set out my sleeping area for good night’s sleep at camp.
  9. I have spent one night at camp.

Camping Skills - Stage 2 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can explain the importance of following directions at camp.
  2. I can list what personal gear to bring on an overnight camp.
  3. I can look after all my personal gear while at camp.
  4. I can explain what clothing to bring on an overnight camp.
  5. I can explain how to use Canada’s Food Guide at camp and help to plan a nutritious meal.
  6. I can describe safe food handling and hygiene at camp.
  7. I can help prepare food for cooking at camp and be safe while cooking at camp.
  8. I can get help if someone is hurt while at camp.
  9. I can get a weather forecast for a camp.
  10. I can identify the main parts of a tent.
  11. I can help pitch a tent at camp.
  12. I behave safely around fires at camp.
  13. I can identify and explain the elements of the fire triangle.
  14. I have spent two nights in a tent at camp.

Camping Skills - Stage 3 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can help others learn about camping.
  2. I can audit my personal gear for camp.
  3. I can pack a bag for camp.
  4. I can help plan a basic balanced meal for camp.
  5. I can demonstrate how to store food at camp.
  6. I can assist in cooking a meal at camp.
  7. I can be safe while cooking at camp.
  8. I can demonstrate first aid treatment for a minor cut or scratch at camp and explain how to prevent infection and describe the signs of infections.
  9. I can describe how weather can affect our camp.
  10. I can discuss the seven principles of Leave No Trace.
  11. I can show how to pitch a tent (with help from others).
  12. I can make a hot drink on a campfire at camp.
  13. I can clean up a fire area after camp.
  14. I have spent seven nights at camp.

Camping Skills - Stage 4 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can demonstrate shared teamwork while at camp.
  2. I can list the personal gear for standing camp.
  3. I can show how to use group gear safely at camp.
  4. I can show proper use, care and maintenance of group gear during and in between camps.
  5. I can use basic camp tools safely.
  6. I can store and cook food safely at camp.
  7. I can demonstrate how to treat cuts and minor burns and prevent infection at camp.
  8. I can explain and demonstrate the seven principles of Leave No Trace while at camp.
  9. I can find the best place to pitch a tent at camp and explain my reasoning.
  10. I can assist pitching tent with my team at camp.
  11. I can demonstrate safe practices around fires and cooking equipment to minimize the risk of burns, scalds and other injuries.
  12. I have spent 12 nights at camp.

Camping Skills - Stage 5 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I have assisted in the organization of two camps for my team or others.
  2. I can assist in planning a camp program of activities.
  3. I can show the personal gear needed for an overnight lightweight camp.
  4. I can explain how the type of camp affects the choice of equipment needed.
  5. I can use, maintain and store tools safely at camp.
  6. I can teach another Scout what to pack for a camp.
  7. I can plan a balanced menu for camp with a team.
  8. I can demonstrate how to use different cooking methods (with different fuel types) at camp.
  9. I can prepare for and help prevent heat-, cold- and sun-related injuries at camp.
  10. I can describe the weather forecast and record the weather for the duration of camp.
  11. I can pitch a variety of tents and shelters.
  12. I can demonstrate measures to secure tents for inclement weather.
  13. I can select a suitable location for standing/ lightweight camp.
  14. I can show the best layout for a campsite and explain my reasoning.
  15. I can light, maintain and use a fire to cook a balanced meal at camp.
  16. I have spent 18 nights at camp.

Camping Skills - Stage 6 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can teach camping skills with my team at camp.
  2. I can plan and lead a weekend camp.
  3. I can plan a program of activities for camp.
  4. I can assist with the organization of transportation to camp.
  5. I can explain group emergency equipment for a camp.
  6. I can demonstrate to others how to care for, store and maintain group gear for camp.
  7. I can prepare a list of personal and group gear required for a standing camp.
  8. I can help plan a menu and purchase food for a weekend camp.
  9. I can demonstrate to others how to use a variety of cooking stoves at camp and explain to others when each type is most effective.
  10. I can teach another youth to prepare a meal to be cooked on a fire or improvised stove.
  11. I can demonstrate treatment of heat-, cold- and sun-related injuries at camp.
  12. I demonstrate responsibility for myself at camp.
  13. I can recognize weather signs and prepare for their impact on camp activities.
  14. I can travel while following seven principles of Leave No Trace.
  15. I can describe how to choose the best tent for a specific camp.
  16. I can teach how to pitch a tent at camp.
  17. I can help organize campsite setup and takedown.
  18. I can help research proposed camping areas and locate services.
  19. I have spent 24 nights at camp in three different season, including a week-long camp, while completing this stage.
  20. I have spent two consecutive nights lightweight camping while completing this stage.

Camping Skills - Stage 7 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can plan and lead a two-night backcountry camp.
  2. I can plan activities for at least two different types of camps.
  3. I can organize required transportation for camp.
  4. I can help plan and lead a backcountry camp of a minimum of two consecutive nights.
  5. I can audit group emergency equipment for camp.
  6. I can teach another youth how to care for, store and maintain group gear needed for camps.
  7. I can create personal and group gear lists for lightweight camping excursions.
  8. I can teach the use of various stoves and their effective use to another youth at camp.
  9. I can help prepare and describe an emergency plan for expected risks and hazards at camp.
  10. I can take responsibility for myself and my team while at camp.
  11. I can demonstrate how to plan for and adapt to changing weather patterns at camp.
  12. I can teach the seven principles of Leave No Trace as they apply to a camp.
  13. I can teach another youth tent selection by camp type.
  14. I can organize campsite setup and takedown.
  15. I have spent 30 nights at camp in all four seasons, including two nights without a Scouter while completing this stage.

Camping Skills - Stage 8 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I have mentored someone else who was responsible for planning and leading a camp.
  2. I can source, compare and organize transportation options for local and foreign locations.
  3. I can describe an expedition plan and how the needs of participants have been met in its development.
  4. I can prepare for a specialized expedition.
  5. I can make recommendations to improve group equipment for various camp types.
  6. I can determine if specialized training is required for camp activities.
  7. I can use knowledge of weather patterns to change activities as required at camp.
  8. I have spent 36 nights on various types of camps.

Camping Skills - Stage 9 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can source amenities and local places of interest for various camp types.
  2. I can budget, prepare and manage every aspect of a camping expedition.
  3. I have acted as the outing leader on at least two camping expeditions.
  4. I can plan and execute camping expeditions in all types of locations and regions, including internationally.
  5. I am able to source local training required for the specific camp or activity.
  6. I have spent 42 nights on various types of camps.